Nitish turns nostalgic over JP movement

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Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday took a trip down the memory lane, recounting his days as a student activist when he bore witness to history being made by freedom fighter and socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan with his evocative call for “total revolution”.

He was responding to queries by journalists as to whether there were any plans to celebrate the “golden jubilee” of ‘Sampoorn Kranti Diwas’, due in a couple of years. “That is a very good idea”, exclaimed the 70-year-old CM with perceptible excitement.

Kumar said he owes his political life to the ‘JP movement’ which began in 1974 and culminated in the defeat of Indira Gandhi-led Congress after the Emergency.

“Whatever political activists like us have learnt, we have learnt from JP. We have therefore been observing June 5 as ‘Sampoorn Kranti Diwas’. Of late, World Environment Day has also come to be celebrated on the same date but that is a relatively new development,” he added.

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